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School suspension an increased risk for children exposed to lead
Medical News Today
Children who are exposed to lead are nearly three times more likely to be suspended from school by the fourth grade than children who are not exposed, according to a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study funded jointly by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Wisconsin Partnership Program Education and Research Committee.
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5 steps to a greener school
Edutopia (commentary)
Deborah Moore, the executive director for Green Schools Initiative, writes: "Ahhh, August — the dog days of summer. Before the back-to-school frenzy. I hope that you, your family and students everywhere have enjoyed some unstructured time, some time outdoors, and some time getting your hands and feet dirty at the beach, the park, your backyard, or your front stoop or sidewalk. While you are — hopefully — in this relaxed state of mind, I want to plant a few ideas to change your perspective and practices as you head back to school this year. These are ideas for bringing the outdoors, healthy living and stewardship into your school and community."
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New math curriculum in California aims to boost reasoning skills, problem solving
KXTV-TV
As kids start heading back to school, parents can expect some major changes in the curriculum like essays in math class. It's all part of the new Common Core State Standards curriculum that California school districts are adopting for the foreseeable future. "We do a lot more talking to our partners, and they show it to us in a different way, so if we learned it last year, they're going to teach us another way to do it," fourth grade student Landyn Batson said.
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School standards' debut is rocky, and critics pounce
The New York Times
The Common Core, a set of standards for kindergarten through high school that has been ardently supported by the Obama administration and many business leaders and state legislatures, is facing growing opposition from both the right and the left even before it has been properly introduced into classrooms. Tea Party conservatives, who reject the standards as an unwelcome edict from above, have called for them to be severely rolled back.
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A lesson in time management: Using an iPad for teacher observations
Education Week
Over the past year evidence-based observations became a regular occurrence in many public schools across the country. Principals and other school leaders had to step it up and complete at least two observations of teachers within their buildings. This was due to new accountability standards in school, but the political side of this accountability shouldn't overshadow the importance of evidence-based observations.
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Poll: Demographics divide schools as minority, low-income parents see serious problems in education
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Minority and low-income parents are more likely to see serious problems in their schools — from low expectations to bullying to out-of-date technology and textbooks — than those who are affluent or white, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll. Overall impressions of the nation's schools and teachers are similarly positive among all groups of parents, but deep demographic differences emerge in the details of how parents see teachers, schools and even their own roles in their children's education.
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ADHD more likely in children with asthma or allergies
Medical News Today
Children with a history of asthma and various allergies may be at higher risk of developing ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), according to a study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Researchers from Boston and the Netherlands conducted a case-control study among boys from the UK General Practice Research Database. The study authors analyzed 884 boys with ADHD, and 3,536 boys without the disorder.
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10 ideas to get those back-to-school juices flowing
MindShift
Educators are getting prepared to welcome students back to school this month. Many have spent the summer reading up on new teaching strategies or getting inspired by colleagues across the country. To help get those idea juices flowing, here are some MindShift articles that delve into creative work, tools and methodologies. Happy back to school.
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From texting to plagiarism, how to stop high-tech cheating
THE Journal
The 21st century classroom is a wonder of online tools and content that students can access from an ever-evolving range of personal mobile devices with capabilities only dreamed of less than a decade ago. But the anywhere/anytime access these devices provide to vast web resources, sprawling social networks, and real-time communication has spawned a new kind of cheating in K-12 environments — an easier, tech-enabled version of bad behavior that is as old as the classroom, but with the potential to compromise virtually every aspect of modern student assessment.
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Listen up, schools — Technology helps with parent participation
eSchool News
A new survey reveals that though most parents want to participate in their child's school or district, not enough technology options exist to help them communicate with educators and school leaders. Plus, many schools say it's time for the bake sale to go — parents need to provide some much-needed educational technology help. The survey, "Parent Volunteers in the Classroom," conducted by WeAreTeachers and VolunteerSpot, queried more than 1,000 parents and educators. The results indicate that there is strong support for parent volunteers in the classroom, but there are also "critical gaps" between teacher needs and how parents currently pitch in.
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Poll: Often criticized by teachers, standardized tests have support from parents
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students' and schools' performances, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. Most parents also say their own children are given about the right number of standardized tests, according to the AP-NORC poll. They'd like to see student performance on statewide exams used in evaluating teachers, and almost three-quarters said they favored changes that would make it easier for schools to fire poorly performing teachers.
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USDA congratulates 6 states for nearly 100 percent of schools meeting new meal standards
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
Janey Thornton writes: "As we continue to combat childhood obesity in America, I am proud to say that this Back to School season our school cafeterias are at the heart of offering great nutrition for our kids. Students and schools are embracing the healthier lunches offered through the National School Lunch Program that, together with the healthier breakfasts offered through the School Breakfast Program beginning this school year and the recently announced 'Smart Snacks in School' nutrition standards that kick in next year, continue our children on the path towards future health and happiness."
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US Department of Education awards $12.3 million in elementary and secondary school counseling grants
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education awarded $12.3 million to 35 schools districts in 17 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in targeted elementary schools. Specifically, the new awards will aid schools in hiring qualified mental-health professionals with the goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of counseling services. Parents of participating students will have input in the design and implementation of counseling services supported by these grants.
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ADHD more likely in children with asthma or allergies
Medical News Today
Children with a history of asthma and various allergies may be at higher risk of developing ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), according to a study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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The best back-to-school apps for middle school students
The Huffington Post
Finding high-quality and appropriate educational apps for middle schoolers is tricky business. Preteens are no longer engaged by rudimentary games and childish characters, yet still lack the skills and discipline to take on more complex, high school-oriented subjects.

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New principals for at least 24 DCPS schools
The Washington Post
Washington, D.C., public schools officials reported in late May that 16 city schools would open this fall with new principals. Since then, one of those schools reported a sharp rise in test scores and its principal was reappointed.

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Financial implications for NCLB waiver states on 'high-risk' status
Education Week
For the three high-risk states placed on "high-risk status," losing their No Child Left Behind Act waiver is probably the ultimate penalty. But it's not the only penalty that U.S. Department of Education has at its disposal. In the press call announcing that Kansas, Oregon and Washington are on "high-risk status" for teacher-evaluation woes linked to their waivers, federal officials said there could be some financial penalties, which could lead up to the ultimate loss of the waiver.
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California upends school funding to give poor kids a boost
Texas Public Radio
As the school year begins, districts in cities such as Oakland, Fresno and Los Angeles have not gone on a hiring spree. But they might soon. California has revamped its school funding formula in ways that will send billions more dollars to districts that educate large numbers of children who are poor, disabled in some way or still learning to speak English. It's an approach that numerous other states, from New York to Hawaii, have looked into lately. But none has matched the scale of the change now underway in the nation's largest state.
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Teacher license plan approved in Tennessee
The Tennessean
The Tennessee State Board of Education adopted a controversial teacher licensing plan that members don't like and know they will change. The board delayed implementing the new licensing process until August 2015 so more information can be collected about the controversial use of student test scores to renew teacher licenses and so the board can make changes. The vote did not include a mandate to make changes.
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Florida district introduces an upgraded severe weather alerting system for public schools
Sun Sentinel
With up-to-the minute radar in the palm of their hands, Broward County teachers and coaches will start the school year with a new device that can detect whether their students are in danger of lightning and storms during activities. New Android-based phones capable of tracking lighting, heat index, wind speed and other severe weather are starting to be distributed at elementary, middle and high schools — as many as four per school.
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Southern California's cultural institutes pitch in on arts education
Los Angeles Times
The first day of school, one of America's great communal experiences. Pencils are sharpened, backpacks bought and outfits laid out, found to be totally lame, OMG and laid out again. But what today's kids in Los Angeles public schools will experience on Days 2 through 180 is significantly different from what their parents enjoyed when it comes to music, art, drama and field trips. For a variety of reasons, funds available to school boards for education in California have been devastated over the last 20 years, to levels some in the industry call the worst in U.S. history.
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Students discover enhanced learning
Daily World
Thanks to the creativity of three teachers and a grant from Lowe's, first-grade students at Port Barre Elementary in Louisiana will be starting their new school year today with an enhanced learning environment. "We worked hard on this all summer. We are pretty excited about it," said teacher Krystal Richard, who wrote and won the Lowe's Tool Box Grant with fellow teachers Lacey Richard and Amy Griffin. What they are excited about are a series of new work stations scattered across their classrooms.
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5 essential skills for new principals
NAESP
Over the past decade, the principalship has evolved, becoming a more multifaceted, demanding role than ever. It is essential that principals, in the early years of their career, begin honing the skills that will make them great long-term leaders. Principal explored these skills in its Charting Your Path series. Here are five key techniques that the articles in the series revealed.
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Club Connect: What educators need to know
NAESP
Club Connect, a new program from United Way and NAESP, encourages literacy and service, all while supporting your school. Families and students join Club Connect, an online platform with engaging, family-friendly fun, including celebrity book readings, games, contests and inspirational stories of kids making a difference to inspire community service. Members also receive more than $500 worth of coupons and product discounts throughout the year.
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